Bulldog Weekly Report
Bulldog Booster Club Athletes of the Week
Female: Bailey Morris, Basketball
Morris has scored a combined 41 points over her last two games to lead the Bulldogs. The junior from Roseland, Neb., just missed out on a double-double in the team’s 80-72 win at Briar Cliff on Nov. 23 when she had 18 points and nine rebounds. She is averaging 15.4 points per game.
Male: Austin Fehlhafer, Wrestling
Fehlhafer enters this week on a roll having won six-straight matches, including five by fall. The freshman from Seward won the 174-pound title at the Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open on Nov. 23 and earned the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler award. Fehlhafer is 9-2 on the season.
*Athletes received consideration based on their accomplishments in competitions taking place between Nov. 19 and Dec. 2.
News and Notes:
Bulldog wrestling partners with Seward High School for Thursday dual doubleheader: Head coach Dana Vote’s Bulldogs return to the mat on Thursday as part of a unique doubleheader featuring both high school and collegiate duals. Seward and York High Schools will go head-to-head at 6 p.m. with Concordia vs. York College to follow at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Conahan eclipses 1,500 career points: Senior All-American guard Kristen Conahan became the eighth player in Concordia women’s basketball history to reach 1,500 points with her 23 points on Nov. 26 versus Hastings. Now at 1,508 for her career, the Omaha native needs 292 points to equal Sarah Harrison’s career program record of 1,800.
Concordia Sports Network: Live webcasts for most home varsity contests can be accessed by visiting http://www.cune.edu/csn at game time. Check team schedules/results pages for webcast dates. Scrimmages, exhibitions and junior varsity events are not broadcasted.
- Due to the Thanksgiving break, the Bulldogs have played just once over the past week. Concordia ended its most recent game, played inside Walz Arena on Nov. 26, with a 19-7 run but came up short, 78-71, to No. 23 Hastings. The loss dropped first-year head coach Ben Limback’s squad to 2-6 overall and 0-3 in conference play.
- Senior guard Adam Vogt led the Bulldogs in scoring for the fourth time in the past five games by getting white hot in the final minutes of last Tuesday’s contest. The native of Syracuse, Neb., finished with 21 points, 11 of which came in the closing 2:34 of game time. During that stretch he made two free throws and drained three treys as Concordia cut a 19-point deficit down to seven as the final buzzer sounded.
- Sophomore forward Robby Thomas continues to be a stat-sheet stuffer. The 6-foot-7 native of Shawnee, Kan., produced a line of eight points, eight rebounds, six assists and three blocks in the team’s most recent outing. Thomas continues to lead the GPAC in blocks per game (2.63 – third in the nation) while ranking second in the conference in rebounding at 7.9 boards per game. He also tops Concordia with 2.9 assists per game.
- Better results on the defensive end allowed the Bulldogs to play more competitively against nationally-ranked Hastings than they had in their first two GPAC losses. Concordia allowed shooting percentages of 51.9 and 55.6 percent, respectively, in its first two conference defeats. It also saw its opponents shoot a combined 24-for-41 from beyond the arc. Limback’s group improved significantly in limiting Hastings to 41.7 percent from the field.
- Unfortunately, Concordia did not reverse the trend of being outrebounded. The Bulldogs held the advantage over its nonconference opponents on the glass but since conference play begun, Concordia has been outmuscled 131-79. The Broncos grabbed 41 boards compared to 29 for the Bulldogs in last week’s contest.
- Concordia has faced one of the nation’s most difficult schedules through eight games. Five of the first eight opponents are ranked, one is receiving votes and another (Briar Cliff) currently sits tied atop the GPAC with a perfect 4-0 league mark. The Bulldogs’ opponents have compiled a record of 50-24 (.676). No. 18 Culver-Stockton (whom Concordia lost to, 102-82, on Nov. 8) sits at 7-0 and Hastings is now 9-1. The Bulldogs’ six losses have come to teams that have a combined mark of 39-13.
- Freshman Chandler Folkerts continues to excel when receiving the ball on the low block. The local product (Milford, Neb.) went 8-for-9 from the field versus Hastings and is now shooting 68.8 percent from the field. He is the team’s third leading scorer with an average of 10.3 points while playing 20.3 minutes per game in the post.
- Concordia is entering a busy portion of its schedule with a five-games-in-17-days stretch beginning with Wednesday’s rivalry battle at Doane (5-5, 0-4). Both teams will look to put together their first victories of the GPAC season. The Tigers won four of five non-league games before suffering setbacks to Briar Cliff, No. 23 Hastings, Dordt and No. 8 Midland. Second-year head coach Jim Week’s squad boasts the conference’s leading scorer in Syracuse, Neb., native Nick Reed, who averages 22.7 points. Reed and the Tigers (21st in NAIA Division II with 8.3 treys per game) will provide another test for Concordia’s perimeter defense. The Bulldogs will then shift focus to undefeated Nebraska Wesleyan (5-0, 1-0 GPAC) this weekend. Concordia, which split last year’s two meetings with the Prairie Wolves, hosts its rival from Lincoln at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
- Concordia’s recent dominance over Hastings (8-2, 2-2 GPAC) did not continue last week as the Broncos upset the fifth-ranked Bulldogs, 94-89, inside Walz Arena on Nov. 26. Eighth-year head coach Drew Olson’s squad had entered the game with wins in seven-straight meetings with the improved Hastings group. The early league standings show Concordia, 6-2 overall, in third place with a GPAC mark of 2-1. Midland (4-0) and No. 7 Northwestern (3-0) are the only two teams with unbeaten GPAC records.
- All-American senior guard Kristen Conahan scored 23 points in the loss to push her career total to 1,508 points in 107 games. She became the eighth player in program history to eclipse 1,500 points. The Omaha native began the season ranked 10th on the school’s all-time scoring chart and is now eighth. Current seventh-place holder Andrea Janssen (1,559 points from 1986-90) is well within Conahan’s sights. Conahan is only 292 points from equaling Sarah Harrison’s program record of 1,800.
- Conahan remained perfect from the free throw line on the season by going 11-for-11 versus Hastings. She has made all 28 attempts from the charity stripe this season and has now connected on 30 in a row dating back to the end of last season. Among all NAIA Division II players averaging at least 2.5 free throw makes per game, Conahan is one of only two who have yet to miss a free throw.
- Conahan moved into the starting lineup last week for just her third start of the season. Olson has shuffled the lineup a bit in the early going with Conahan having battled pain in her hip. The Bulldogs have used three different starting lineups with eight individuals making at least one start. The most frequently used lineup has included juniors Kelsey Hizer, Bailey Morris, Jericca Pearson and Tracy Peitz and freshman Becky Mueller. That lineup has been used to begin five of the first eight contests.
- Last Tuesday’s game marked the fifth time over the past two seasons that Conahan and Morris have both scored 20 or more points in the same game. The Bulldogs had won all four of the previous four times when both backcourt stars reached that lofty point total. Conahan now has 13 career games with 20 or more points and Morris has 10 such contests.
- Concordia surrendered season highs defensively last week in points allowed (94), field goal percentage (52.2), free throw makes (30) and free throw attempts (42). The Broncos also committed only 17 turnovers – fewer than any other Bulldog opponent this season.
- The loss to Hastings was the program’s first against an unranked opponent at home since the 2010-11 season. Since the start of the 2011-12 season, Concordia had been 22-0 versus unranked opponents in games played inside Walz Arena.
- Olson’s squad could soon get a boost in the post as senior forward Lori Laboda continues to work her way back from injury. She has missed the team’s first eight games. She averaged more than 6.0 rebounds per game in each of the last two seasons while starting 64 of Concordia’s 67 contests.
- Conahan and the Bulldogs will end a stretch of more than a week without a game when they take to the road to play Doane (3-6, 0-4 GPAC) at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Concordia has won the last four matchups with the Tigers, who are still looking for their first victory in conference play. The Bulldogs then return home to host Dordt (6-2, 2-1 GPAC) at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Defenders, who hold conference wins over Doane and Mount Marty, ended Concordia’s unbeaten run last season when they upset Olson’s squad, 96-86, on Jan. 5. The Bulldogs rebounded to defeat Dordt 87-64 on Feb. 9.
- Second-year head coach Dana Vote’s Bulldogs had the week off for the Thanksgiving break. They have not competed since the University of Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open on Nov. 23 when freshman Austin Fehlhafer earned the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler award.
- Concordia now looks forward to the renewal of its rivalry with nearby York College. The dual is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. inside Walz Arena. Concordia-York will be preceded by a prep match featuring Seward and York High Schools in a unique doubleheader
- The Panthers, coached by fourth-year head coach Ramon Diaz, are ranked 18th in the NAIA. They boast nationally-ranked wrestlers in six weight classes: No. 11 Oscar Marin (125), No. 16 Sergio Sanchez (133), No. 7 Jason Arreola (141), No. 13 Joe Madison (174), No. 9 Logan Paul Eichkoff (197) and No. 11 Saia Lotulelei (285). Arreola, a 2013 All-American, ranks as the top 141-pounder in the NAIA’s north qualifying group. Eickhoff is No. 2 at 197.
- Based on projected lineups, there will be three bouts that pit nationally-ranked wrestlers against each other on Thursday. Those matches take place at 125 (No. 8 Austin Mogg vs. No. 11 Marin), at 133 (No. 12 Emilio Rivera vs. No. 16 Sergio Sanchez) and at 141 (No. 15 Foster Bunce vs. No. 7 Arreola).
- Last season York won both meetings with Concordia by margins of 36-12 in Seward and 29-21 in York. Since the rebirth of Bulldog wrestling in 2009, the Panthers have been victorious in all five duals with Concordia. Vote and the Bulldogs appear to be closing the gap and enter this week’s matchup with momentum after topping Buena Vista, 39-7, in the team’s first dual on Nov. 20. York has its first dual of the season on Tuesday night as Doane, a first-year program, visits the Freeman Center.
- After Thursday’s dual, the Bulldogs shift their focus to Saturday’s Buena Vista University Open in Storm Lake, Iowa. It will mark the team’s final open prior to Christmas. Concordia will also wrestle in four duals at the Desert Duals in Las Vegas, Nev., on Dec. 21.
- For a more detailed look at the Concordia-York dual, click HERE.
3 December 2013
Sophomore Deondre White